Opinion

Cuba’s Healthcare System Is A Shambles, Why Are We Partnering With Them?

Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services signed a healthcare cooperation deal with Castro-regime because: “Cuba has made significant contributions to health and science.”

Or so HHS secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said on Monday in a statement. “This new collaboration is a historic opportunity for two nations to build on each other’s knowledge and experience, and benefit biomedical research and public health at large,” she added.

Tell that to Tuvalu, President Obama and Secretary Mathews-Burwell. Tuvalu is a group of Pacific islands (big atolls, actually) north of Fiji and east of New Guinea formerly belonging to Britain, when they were known as the “Ellice Islands.” Tuvalu is not known as a particularly advanced place scientifically-speaking — and yet its natives recently gasped while witnessing the medical practices of a place even more primitive in its medical practices: Cuba.

“Cuba’s contribution to medical education in the region has been welcomed by many Pacific countries,” according to a recent story from Radio Australia (the Aussie version of NPR, hence pinko in outlook). “But some are finding that doctors who’ve studied in Cuba need extra training when they return home.”

Back in 2008, Tuvalu fell for Castro-regime/United Nations/Mainstream Media propaganda mantra about Cuba’s free and fabulous healthcare and eagerly sent 22 promising Tuvaluan students to medical school in Cuba.

But upon their return with those medical degrees—whoops! Radio Australia explains the problem:

“The (Tuvaluan) government is concerned about their level of practical training … So the Education Department is planning to send the returning (from Cuba) Tuvalu doctors to Kiribati (a nearby primitive island) for a special internship, as the department’s pre-service training officer Atabi Ewekia explains.”

In brief, the incompetence of Cuba-trained doctors is such that they will be essentially “de-programmed” in a medical school where two generations ago medicine was probably the province of witch-doctors with bones through their noses.

Now thanks to Obama, the U.S. taxpayer will pay for the Cuban trainers of those Cuban doctors  who so desperately needed de-programming to share their significant contributions to health and science” with U.S. health professionals and researchers.   

Two generations ago, by the way, Cuban doctors were among the most respected on earth — and not by political hacks, pompous frauds and communist agents (i.e. mainstream media) as are Cuban doctors today.

In 1958 Cuba had the 13th lowest infant-mortality on earth – ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Israel, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Castro’s Cuba, on the other hand,  is ravaged by diseases long-eradicated in Cuba (Dengue, Cholera) and of her “doctors” fortunate enough to escape the overwhelmingly majority flunk the exam given in the U.S. for licensing as doctor’s assistants.

The U.S. media’s veritable “go-to-person” on Cuban healthcare (besides Michael Moore) is Gail Reed. The Huffington Post proudly carries Reed as a contributor and recently quoted her on the very issue at hand:  

“This (the HHS-Cuba deal) is a win-win for Americans and Cubans!” gushes Reed. “We’re now one step closer to a safer, healthier future for people in both countries.” The Huffpo describes Gail Reed as: “Founder of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, a U.S. non-profit promoting cooperation among the U.S., Cuban and global health communities, where she is currently Research Director.”

CNN, another media fan of Gail Reed’s “impartial expertise,” calls her “a Medical Expert.”

Over at MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell, who often interviews Reed, describes her as: “international director of the nonprofit group Medical Education Cooperation.”

All true. But for the past 34 years Havana resident Gail Reed has also been married to an officer of Cuba’s KGB-founded-funded and mentored Directorio General de Intelligencia named Julian Torres Rizo. The partnership of this future Huffington Post, CNN, NBC and Business Week correspondent with Castro’s secret police began in 1969 when as a member of the (DGI-created) Venceremos Brigades, Reed began visiting Cuba alongside Bill Ayers’ concubine Bernadine Dohrn.